R, 99 min.
Director: Don Coscarelli
Writers: Don Coscarelli, David Wong (original story)
Starring: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones, Daniel Roebuck, Fabianne Therese, Jonny Weston, Jimmy Wong, Tai Bennett
I was thinking the other day about the movie “Office Space”. I was working in a movie theater in Vail, Colorado when it was released theatrically. Our theater didn’t get it, so a bunch of our high school employees road tripped to Denver to see it. I didn’t sense much interest in it in anyone at the time but those kids. As such I think it was perceived upon its release as one of those knucklehead movies about young people behaving badly.
I didn’t see it until it released on home video. “Eh!” pretty much sums up how I felt about it. It had some funny parts, but it wasn’t anything spectacular. Then years later, after it had developed a sort of cult following and its audience now seemed to be of a slightly older age set, I watched it again; and I got it. It was hilarious. It was no masterpiece, but it tapped in to a great universal mindset about working as a member of my generation and all the crap that we put up with in the work place.
I get the impression that “John Dies at the End” might follow a similar course. It hasn’t made much of an impact upon its release, but I suspect there might be something about it that will eventually inspire the cult classic catapult to launch it. I don’t see what it is at the moment, and so I’m basically saying, “Eh!” about it. It has some funny moments, for sure. It seems to lack some connecting factor, however. I await the day when it kicks in and I can see it for the genius that it is.
Here’s the Red Band (Restricted) trailer so you can get an idea of what its about.